Watermelon Crawl through Milford Agriscience

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By Benjamin Stutzman,2023-2024 Milford FFA Chapter Reporter

Ross Chastain and members of the MHS FFA Club after presentation of an FFA jacket

Watermelon Crawl through Milford Agriscience Milford, Delaware- On April 28th, Ross Chastain, NASCAR Cup Series Driver came to the Mlford High School to tour the agriscience department and network with students. Ross Chastain, comes from a family of watermelon farmers and is an advocate for agriculture. Last year, during NASCAR Dover Weekend Milford FFA gave Ross a watermelon plant in the garage area. As a result of giving him this watermelon plant, Ross was welcomed to the high school this year to see where the watermelons and other plants are grown.

Upon Ross’s arrival, Milford FFA Officers escorted Ross, his mom, and his Public Relations Specialist to the first stop which was in Milford High School’s Greenhouse where FFA members elaborated on what student opportunities are available in the plant science pathway. Members also spoke on what opportunities members have during the summer to work at the school with planting, maintaining, and harvesting from raised beds.

Ross also visited one of the shops in the ag department where members spoke on how students learn to weld along with learning how small engines function. Some students were even given the opportunity to showcase some projects that they have been working on in the shop.

FFA member Garritt Reagan has Chastain sign a part from his own race car during the visit

Finally, Ross was welcomed by agriscience students inside one of the ag classrooms where Ross answered questions along with sharing some advice on how to be successful in the agriculture industry. Ross and members enjoyed ice cream that was made by our Milford High School Food Science program. To cap off the experience, Ross was presented with his own Official Blue Corduroy FFA Jacket with Milford, Delaware on the back by Milford FFA Chapter President Mason Foxwell. This jacket was given as a symbol of our appreciation for his advocacy in agriculture.

Ross proceeded to finish Second after leading nearly 100 laps of the Wurth 400 at Dover Motor Speedway on Monday May 1st. The National FFA Organization makes a difference in the lives of students through the pursuit of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. The National FFA Organization has members reaching across the United States of America and the Milford FFA Chapter has nearly 620 members. Written By:

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